Super Eagles defender William Troost-Ekong has promised Nigerians will see “a team that is very hungry to win” in Freetown when Nigeria goes up against Sierra Leone in a 2021 AFCON qualifier on Tuesday.
Nigerians are still smarting from seeing the Eagles give up a four goal lead in the first leg to draw with a team ranked 88th in the world and who had not scored more than once in the qualifying campaign prior to the game at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium last Friday.
But Watford defender Troost-Ekong says the team is raring to set things right and will ensure complacency doesn’t become an issue in Tuesday’s game at the Siaka Stevens Stadium.
The Super Eagles vice-captain maintains that they can leave Freetown with all three points if they replicate their performance in the opening thirty minutes of the first leg where they scored four times without reply and prevent the concentration issues that precipitated a monumental collapse in the second half.
“Yeah we’re ready, I think we just finished a good practice session, and everyone’s ready for the game tomorrow,” Troost-Ekong told the Super Eagles media channel in Freetown on Monday.
“We prepare like any game we’ve done with this team. We don’t underestimate anyone and I think if we can just bring what we did in the last game in the first half and just make sure that we keep concentrated and see out the game, I think we have a very good chance to do what we have to do.”
With matches on the road in Africa often throwing up surprises with hosts often resorting to extreme measures to gain advantage, Troost-Ekong says the team is primed and full ready to confront any curve balls that they may face.
“We’re used to everything. You know we’re Africans, we’ve been in Asaba, we’ve been in Benin, in Uyo. This pitch is like any other pitch you get in Africa so it’s no surprise for us, and we’re going to be easy to face them on here,” he said.
And the former Udinese defender has a mesage for Nigerians still smarting from the team’s collapse in the first leg as he promised the team will do all in their power to seal qualification as early as possible.
“They’re going to see a team that is very hungry to win here. We want to qualify as soon as possible, and if it’s up to us we’ll do it tomorrow,” he vowed.
Nigeria lead Group L with seven points and will qualify for the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon with victory on Tuesday i Lesotho drop points at home to Benin Republic.
Tuesday’s game against the Leone Stars comes up at 5:00pm Nigerian time.